LOS ANGELES — It’s not just Oscar voters and moviegoers who love the acclaimed movie La La Land. The YouTube video community has also chimed in, with some really creative tribute videos, set to the film music composed by Justin Hurvitz.
We’ve caught high schoolers re-creating the opening dance number at an Australian movie theater lobby, musicians performing songs from the film on violin, guitar, flute, piano and other instruments, couples who took to the streets to emulate Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone’s dancing, and even a tap dancer who took us into his apartment to tap away to “Another Day of Sun.”
Here are 10 of our favorite “La La Land,” covers.
One man band
Through the magic of endless overdubs, Josef Pitura-Riley sings “Someone in the Crowd,” and also plays piano, sax, bass, trombone, trumpet and french horn, and harmonizes with himself. Amazing.
High school dancers
Seriously, what’s more fun to watch than a bunch of high school students spontaneously dancing their hearts off—at a shopping mall? These Australian kids pour it on in Sydney with “Another Day of Sun.” Who needs Dancing with the Stars when you have this group?
Another killer version of the same song is performed on the streets of China, by a group, Ms.theEast, who lip-sync to the soundtrack. You’ll watch this one many times.
The brothers duet
Another take on my favorite song from the film, Danish guitarist Daniel Fernandez Holdt-Olesen performs a rollicking “Sun,” as a duet with his uncredited brother on two guitars.
Cello and piano
Nicholas Yee & Sam Yang from Edmonton, Canada play a medley of songs from “La La Land,” beautifully, on cello and piano.
Michael Verre, who takes us into his apartment to watch him tap to the music of Sinatra, Bieber and show tunes from “Star Wars” and “Hamilton,” taps away to “Sun.” It’s wonderful, but at 57 seconds, way too short. Time to produce a sequel, please!
Two dancers in Hollywood and New York
Carson Dean and Kausha Campbell re-create the “Lovely Night Dance,” performed by Stone and Gosling in the Hollywood hills. Mesmerizing.
On the other coast, actress Katie Oxman and Joel Chambers do the same lovely song on a Brooklyn dock in New York.
There are countless versions of the unofficial theme to the movie out there on YouTube–but Abraham Carrera on violin, from Spain, and guitarist Kangho Lee from S. Korea are two standouts.
Follow USA TODAY’s Jefferson Graham on Twitter, @jeffersongraham. And if you look real hard, you just might find him performing “City of Stars” somewhere online on acoustic guitar.